What Is HVO?

HVO (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil) is a low-carbon biofuel that serves as a direct replacement for regular diesel fuel. It is produced from treating waste plant-matter with hydrogen, which means it does not release any additional carbon emissions into the atmosphere.


HVO can be used as a direct replacement for diesel without any need for vehicle or engine modifications. 


What Is HVO Made From?

HVO is made from 100% renewable plant-waste matter, and meets bio content requirements with no FAME (Fatty Acid Methyl Ester) included. This ensures that it avoids the instability and operability issues seen by many low blend diesel fuels and high blend biofuels.

Unlike conventional biodiesel, hydrogen is used as a catalyst instead of methanol, which makes HVO a cleaner burning fuel, and ensures a longer shelf life. 

What Is The Price of HVO?

The true unit cost of HVO fuel is higher than regular diesel.

However, when you consider the bigger picture, HVO offers the quickest and most cost-effective solution for businesses to efficiently reduce their carbon footprint, with a 90% net reduction in CO2 emissions.

There is no cost in switching existing equipment or engines. Reduced need for regular testing (FAME and ester-free fuel), it can be stored year-round with no need for seasonal stock replacements.

In addition, HVO provides a 10% reduction in AdBlue consumption on average, and has significant tax & ESG impacts while remaining largely exempt from carbon taxes.

Can HVO be Mixed with Regular Diesel?

HVO fuel is safe to mix with regular diesel at any volume, so there is no need to throw away existing supplies.


HVO is 100% interchangeable with regular diesel and there is no requirement to modify engines or equipment.


However, some of the benefits of HVO fuel may be reduced or impacted due to the existing properties of regular diesel. Therefore, when feasible, we suggest you start your HVO journey with a clean tank to ensure its long lifespan and high-quality features.  

What Are The Benefits of HVO?

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Reduced Carbon Emissions


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Reduced Particulate Matter

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Extreme Temperature Performance

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Long Shelf-Life (10x Diesel)

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Mixable with Regular Diesel

Where can I learn more about
HVO Fuel?

The Certa GD+ HVO E-Book is our useful guide for fuelling business with Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil in 2023:


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